In U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's proclamation of the first Armistice Day, November 11, 1919, he said
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
And what better way to do that than change the nature of the day that had already served the purpose of redirecting disgust with a terrible war to patriotism? The mere reminder of World War I was, in 1954, now inconvenient, so Congress, with the approval of former general Dwight Eisenhower, replaced the word "Armistice" with "Veterans"
Peace symbols : Wikipedia:Peace symbols
- http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/ThePoppy TV Tropes on the red (Armistice Day) and white (anti-war) poppies